Rushmore [1998]

Not quite up there with Wes Anderson’s best (The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox) but still a pleasantly offbeat comedy. Rushmore, like all of Anderson’s films, is not laugh-out-loud funny but subtly comedic. Jason Schwartzman takes an incredibly pretentious 15 year-old who’s way in over his head at everything he attempts, and renders him absolutely likeable. His extremely elaborate school plays are amazing, too. Anderson’s breakthrough wasn’t as satisfying as I hoped, though. It sort of never truly takes off.